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No Asylum:
A series of programs in response to the refugee crisis in Europe then and now

Not since the Second World War have we witnessed such an influx of people crossing international borders in a struggle to survive. In the past year, refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have been arriving in Europe by the thousands. At last count there were nearly 60 million people displaced by conflict worldwide – caught in a web of violence, extremism, and trauma, despite being “the lucky ones,” the ones who got out.

What can we do in response to this crisis? What is the life of an exile really like? And what role can art and specifically writing have in expressing this? These are the sorts of questions The Anne Frank Center USA will tackle these special programs in response to the refugee crisis. The series will feature a screening of the new film No Asylum, which tells the tragic story of Otto Frank’s desperate attempts to secure American visas before going into hiding with his family. It will also include panel discussions with the refugee advocacy group HIAS, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, as well as the personal stories of refugees and undocumented families.


Remember Us
Film Screening

Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series

Thursday May 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

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Join us for a special screening of the new documentary film, Remember Us: The Hungarian Hidden Children to commemorate Yom HaShoah. Directed by Jason Auerbach and Rudy Vegliante, this powerful new film focuses not only on who these children were, but the adults they have become.

For this special screening we are thrilled to welcome, Evi Blaikie, Hungarian hidden child and friend of The Anne Frank Center, who will introduce the film, and share some of her own experiences of the war and its aftermath.

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Literary Lunches at The Anne Frank Center USA

This spring The Anne Frank Center will launch our Literary Lunches program – the chance listen to an acclaimed author read and discuss their new novel and enjoy a light lunch provided by us. The ticket price includes a copy of the book, which you can pick up ahead of time so you can have your questions prepared! Our Literary Lunches this season will feature novelists Peter Golden and Martha Hall Kelly.

Sponsored in part by Pret a Manger




Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls

Part of the Literary Lunches series

Wednesday May 11, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20, which includes lunch and an advance copy of the novel

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

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Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.

On the eve of a fateful war, New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she sinks deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspect neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

Join author Martha Hall Kelly as she reads from and discusses this remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, happiness, and second chances.

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Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Listening to Students and Forging a New Path
A discussion and film screening with CUNY Professor Tatyana Kleyn and 2014 AFC SAFA winner, Carolina Gonzalez

Tuesday May 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Space limited. Reservations recommended.

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This event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program.

New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom live in mixed-status families. This program will address state and national policies through the lens of some remarkable undocumented youth, to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college and beyond. The program will include a screening of Living Undocumented, a 17 minute documentary co-produced and directed by Tatyana Kleyn, which explores the life of six DREAMers who portray the realities of our nation’s immigration system and its impact on undocumented students.

Tatyana Kleyn is a Public Scholar for the New York Council for Humanities and is an associate professor at the City College of New York in the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs. In 2014-15 she was President of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is co-editor of “Translanguaging with Multilingual Students: Learning from Classroom Moments” with Ofelia García, author of “Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide,” and is the director of the documentaries “Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond” and “Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico.”

Carolina Gonzalez was the 2014 winner of AFC’s Leah and Edward Frankel Scholarship Award for her work founding Deferred Action for Dreamers, whose mission it is to help young, undocumented immigrants in the South Florida community defer deportation and gain employment authorization. To date the organization has helped over 2,000 applicants from the ages of sixteen to thirty-one. As the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants, Ms. Gonzalez grew up in Miami with a keen understanding of the challenges and alienation many new arrivals to America face, especially children.

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The Last Flight of Poxl West
A Book Talk with National Jewish Book Award winner Daniel Torday

Thursday May 26, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

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Poxl West fled the Nazi onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz’s rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber. Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli’s head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures and romances, as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir. He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road, and out of Eli’s life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl. But as he delves deeper into Poxl’s history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he’s adored has been much darker than he let on, and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he’s romanticized and the vision of the man he’s held so dear.

Daniel Torday’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

Followed by a Q&A with the author.

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Refugee Kids
Film Screening

Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series

Tuesday May 31, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

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Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.

Followed by a Q&A with the film maker and a student at the Refugee Academy.

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Night at the Museums

Tuesday June 21, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Now in its third year, “Night at the Museums” offers free entry to 15 of Lower Manhattan’s most diverse and culturally significant institutions – including The Anne Frank Center USA. Part of this year’s “River to River Festival,” this unique opportunity will take place on June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Many of the sites will offer special programming and tours.


On view from February 4 – April 15, 2016
EXHIBITION – extended through May 31
Letters from my Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber

In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon

Opening Reception: Thursday February 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm

FREE with admission to the gallery

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

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Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student and adult group tours available.
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Ruth Schreiber’s grandparents were among the many Jews in Europe who made the brutal decision to send their children to safety in England during Hitler’s rise. In this powerful mixed media exhibit, Schreiber tells their remarkable story through a series of artworks based on the letters they wrote to their children while abroad. Moving, illuminating, and deeply meaningful, Letters from My Grandparents will forever change how you think about sacrifice, trauma, and the bonds that can never be broken.

Sponsored in part by the Puffin Foundation, West


London by Ruth Schreiber


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